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Great for the autodidact in your family,
This review is from: The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (Paperback)
This is a tremendously helpful work. The work is written from the point of view of analytic philosophy, and thus tend to give short shrift to some thinkers in the continental stream. Still, the "fathers" of continental thought (Kant through Hegel, into Nietzche and Heidegger) are well represented and their philosophical works are amply dicussed and fairly treated. Overall, the articles are all that one might want from a "companion to philosophy" (and much of it is actually good reading) I frequently pull the beast (1000+ pages paperback) down from the shelf; that is the best thing I can say about it. You will not regret owning this book, no matter your philosophical bent. If you are a student, I cannot imagine how you have made it this far without it, one-stop encyclopedia can be great resources. Good job, Oxford Press.
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Initial post: Mar 12, 2009 7:48:47 AM PDT
Ole Anders says:
It should be mentioned that OCP omits important items that CDP contains and it contains unimportant items that CDP omits. I hope that other readers give their own examples. Here is a start. (1) OCP omits ALEXANDER OF APHRODISIAS, one of the most important early commentators on Aristotle's logic, while including a long article on NANCY CARTWRIGHT, which even informs us of her husband's name. There might well be similar criticisms of CDP, but I do not know of any.
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